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Bournemouth and Poole homecare workers declare they are ‘Proud to Care’

Bournemouth and Poole are celebrating the contribution that professional homecare workers make to local residents lives with the launch of a campaign called ‘Proud to Care’.

The campaign aims to improve public perception, provide a better understanding of homecare work, to boost recruitment of more suitable home carers and for carers to feel proud of their job. 

Proud to Care

In a bid to raise the profile of homecare work, a local homecare worker will be taking to Twitter to do a Tweetathon on Monday 26 October 2015 providing the public with regular Tweets throughout their care shift highlighting the highs and lows of a typical day as a homecarer.

To follow and comment on the Tweetathon residents are urged to follow #proudtocare. Tweets will be posted and shared from the Councils’ Twitter accounts: www.twitter.com/bournemouthbc and www.twitter.com/BoroughofPoole

Councillor Blair Crawford, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “Professional homecare workers are very often undervalued and their contribution to the care sector underestimated. The purpose of the Proud to Care campaign is to wave the flag for our homecare workers and highlight the crucial role that homecare workers play in empowering our residents to live independent lives and enabling them to continue to live their own homes.”

Cllr Karen Rampton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Health and Social Care, Borough of Poole, said: “We’re delighted to support the Proud to Care campaign. We know our homecare workers do an outstanding job and it is great to be able to highlight this to our residents.”

As part of the Proud to Care campaign and to support local providers to attract and retain homecare staff, Bournemouth Borough  Council has also:

  • ·Passed on funding to the Council’s framework providers in order for all homecare workers to be better compensated for travel costs
  • ·Offered homecare workers free influenza vaccines
  • ·Offered homecare workers child care vouchers
  • ·Facilitating recruitment events for home care providers
For more information visit: www.bournemouth.gov.uk/proudtocare. Borough of Poole’s Decisions? Decisions! guide also features advice on a career in social care.

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